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Over the past few years there has been some changes in technology which some of us ignore, love or just simply take for granted.. Whether it be in terms of computers, mobile phones, storage media or similar..
Does anyone remember the old 3.5 inch floppy disc?? One of the first removable diskettes that all office's used on a daily basis to store all that important data!! It was far from easy, hardly secure and to be honest just too much hassle all around, the main issue back then was that each floppy disk would only hold a couple of megabytes of data,, so then came the CD-R, then CD-RW, then DVD-R and so on... Then we are introduced to these usb memory sticks which although are very handy do not always meet our requirements in terms of storage space. So now the next hype is all about the external hard drives, but again we have the capability to store much more data than ever before but how easy is it to transport it?
The verbatim "store and save" is the perfect solution for your home computer(s), network or even workplace to keep all your precious files organised and on tap without the loss of any data. Our department at work has recently invested in one of these drives from Amazon costing just short of £115.00, It features a superfast USB 3.0 port which can seamlessly transfer data at up to 5GB/ per second providing your desktop PC or laptop has capability to support these speeds.
The device operates on a mains power supply and a USB cable, and is 100% plug and play (tested with Microsoft Windows XP - Windows 7 home/pro) There is some noise which comes from the device when switched on but nothing too loud or out of the ordinary from what you would expect with external drives.
In comparison to other external drives on the market the size of the unit is quite off-putting however if you are intending to buy to leave stationary then you will probably forget its even there and considering it holds just short of 2Terrabytes you have to ask the question where would my data be if it was any smaller?? I however wouldn't be too satisfied if I had to transport it with me to and from work everyday.
Overall a well priced product which effectively meets its user's requirements, can be easily linked in with a small network or even complex network for that matter given the correct networking knowledge.
I have recently bought a new a Laptop and I've been eating up the memory quickly with music downloads and multiplayer games. So to conserve the performance of my Laptop I have invested the money in an external hard drive. Remember this is external and definitely not portable. This is pretty large clunky device. That is roughly 20 cm long and 12 cm wide. So don't expect to take it where-ever you want. This is the type of hard drive you will keep on the desk at all times and load & save data to at the end of the night
For me I have used faster external hard drives before. But this still does a decent job with 1GB worth of files taking around 3-5 minutes to transfer. The 2TB of space should be plenty of room to store hundreds of movies and albums. Games save files and documents also appears to have a smooth saving process as well
This connects to your device of choice via a USB connection and lead. Just be aware that unlike other hard drives which can be powered exclusively by the USB port this one will require a separate power source via plug. So just remember to transfer a vital file you will need to a USB stick if you want to work whilst in transit on the way to work or school
This is a definitely a device that would suit those who work or download at a static location for example a PC or a Laptop can be as effective as long as you are using your Laptop in one location in your house or room and remember to transfer files to a more portable alternative when you need to
I have had this device for roughly a month and apart from a few scratches and a bit of general wear from the friend I bought it from. It appears to be fairly durable and I have not noticed any problem digitally when it comes to my Laptop trying to read it or transfer any documents. I'm not too sure how much this would cost in shops or online as I bought this from a friend for around £55
Overall: Despite being a bit of a behemoth this is still a decent device
We brought this 2 TB hard drive for around £100 about two months ago now. It was brought because my love of taking photos and music have clogged up our laptop (my husbands words not mine) and we needed to find a solution fast.
It is by no menas small, measuring about 20cm by 10cm and 4cm deep so isn't portable like some of the other storage solutions on the market, but then show me a 2TB one that is portable.
It requires a mains power source as well as the standard USB connection, but I think this is due to the power needed to run the thing. It is really quick for moving files from one place to the other and works on a plug and play basis.
It seems very robust and we have had no problems with it thus far, it currently has all my mmusic collection and photos backed up on it and has plenty of room to spare. It has definately cut down on the amount of USB drives we had in the house and we are still finding more to transfer onto it.
I would definately recommend it to anyone who is looking for a way to backup their files quickly and easily.
I think I paid around the £100 mark for this hard drive. Which considering that it is a massive 2TB, is crazy impressive.
It's about 20cm x 10cm x 4cm in size, which isn't small, indeed I've never taken it away from my desk with me, and if I required something that I could easily ship about I'd probably buy something else. But if you just want something that sits in the same place and does a good reliable job, then this is the one!
You do also have to have it plugged in to the mains as well as connected to your PC to run it, it won' just run off the USB connection. This has never been a problem for me. It's really, really quick at transferring large files. It's also really easy to do, just with any ordinary USB storage device. You just plug it in and away you go.
The size of the thing means I'll never have to be concerned about running out of space - in fact I have all of my boyfriend's files on it as well!
If you have a large family and wanted to back up everyone's files from different computers this would be ideal, as it really does hold ever such a lot, and it's very sturdy and reliable.
I would consider this hard drive a "budget" hard drive, so i wasn't expecting much in terms of looks, speed and reliability.
However, it certainly delivers on speed and reliability. It transfers large files very quickly from any current hard drive, and also handles saving files straight to it from the internet. It is extremely reliable and I have had no problems with it.
It does however, look rather cheap and bulky. This wasn't a problem for me as I don't need my hard drive to look fancy (simply tucking it behind my desktop).
It connects via USB but does require a power cable, so you wont be able to access it on the train, on your laptop for example unless you have a power socket. You also wouldn't want to lump this big piece of equipment round with you on the morning commute. But who would need to carry 2TB's worth of information in the pocket anyway? A portable hard drive (one that doesn't require a power lead) would be much more expensive.
As far as budget memory goes, you can't really go wrong with this one, unless you want it to be portable and to look nice. But if you just want it to stick loads of films and music on, its perfect
Verbatim have been making computer accessories for a while now - mainly related to media storage in one way or another and quality has always come through, despite usually having a below average price.
This tank of an external hard drive is no different. The 47514 is a brick of a hard drive, with a masisve 2TB of space available inside. This behemoth of the hard drive world measures in at 20cm in length, 11 in width and 4 in height. It weighs about two pounds so while it's not the most portable of hard drives, it's still pretty easy to pack aeway and take with you. It's rectangular and encased in black, looking surprisingly sleek and pretty fly.
It connects via USB, as usual (although no other alternatives are offered like they might be on more expensive products), and requires a power adapter to power it, as the USB isn't enough. Interestingly, this product comes with both British and European plugs, in case you ever need to be bring it abroad to the continent.
Transfer speed is very good, moving large files at a very decent speed (although this is also dependent on your computer's capacity as well), although it will take a long time to fill its huge 2 TB capacity. Note that this model does come in smaller sizes as well, from 500Gb to 1Tb.
As for any extras, there it is a bit limited. As a cheaper HDD, it would logically lack a few more bonuses you might get with others, but on the most part that barley matters. The drive does come pre installed with a back-up software, and is pretty easy to use. It's plug-and-play and so a simple few seconds should be enough before you can start backing all your files up.
Its huge size (both physically and in terms of memory) doesn't make it the most useful for traveling around with, and so this one, like a lot of other like it, works much better as a back-up to all your computer's files. I also use it to store huge files (like movie files I'm working on, etc) which would otherwise take up an insane amount of space on my computer.
Allin all, the 47514 is a great machine and perfect for storage. It operates incredibly quietly so you'll never know it was around. It's strong, large and reliable and these days can be purchased for less than a hundred pounds if you scour the internet enough. Definitely a worthy buy